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webinar > Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano



webinar > Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano

Curator Crawford Alexander Mann III presents an online preview of Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano. This splendid exhibition, opening on October 8, 2021 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, is the first comprehensive examination of the American Grand Tour to Venice in the late nineteenth century.

The spectacle of Venice and its rich history as a glassmaking capital inspired much of the experimentation of American painters such as John Singer Sargent and James McNeill Whistler, and scores of artists who followed in their footsteps.

Featuring more than 150 objects, the exhibition offers a selection of glass vessels in conversation with paintings, watercolors, and prints by the many talented American artists who found inspiration in Venice. This juxtaposition reveals the impact of Italian glass on American art, literature, design theory, and science education, as well as ideas at the time about gender, labor, and class relations.


WHERE: Zoom Webinar
WHEN: October 5, 2021 - 4 PM ET

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The exhibition Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano is on view at Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC from October 8, 2021 to May 8, 2022 –Wednesday through Sunday, 11:30 A.M.–7 P.M.

SAAM is located at 8th and G streets NW, above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station and is accessible from Green, Yellow, and Red metro lines. For museum information, please call (202) 633-7970 (recorded) or visit



alexander mannCrawford Alexander Mann III is the curator of prints and drawings at the Smithsonian American Art Museum; he joined the museum’s staff in April 2017. Mann’s responsibilities include research, exhibitions, and acquisitions related to the museum’s collection of approximately 25,000 prints, drawings, and watercolors dating from the eighteenth century to the present. His research interests include Italian-American artistic exchange on the Grand Tour, artists of the American South, the impact of East Asian watercolor and printmaking traditions on American art, and the evolving visual constructions of masculinity, femininity, and gender.

Before joining SAAM, Mann was the Joan and Macon Brock Curator of American Art at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia, from 2011 to 2017, where he oversaw a collection of more than 8,000 works by American artists. Prior to that, Mann held a three-year Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellowship at the RISD Museum in Providence, Rhode Island, where he taught and created exhibitions for the department of prints, drawings, and photographs. His research has also been supported by a Theodore Rousseau Fellowship from the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a year in Rome and a Terra Foundation predoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Mann earned a bachelor’s degree in art history and religious studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002. He received both an M.A. in the history of art (2003) and an M.Phil. in the history of art (2005) from Yale University. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate at Yale University, completing his dissertation titled “When in Rome: Italian Travel and the Pursuit of the Ideal Male Body in Antebellum American Art.”



The Smithsonian American Art Museum is the home to one of the most significant and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. Its artworks reveal America’s rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today. The museum’s main building is located at Eighth and G streets N.W., above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station. Its Renwick Gallery, a branch museum dedicated to contemporary craft and decorative arts, is located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW. 

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Date: Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Time: At 4:00 pm

Organized by : Embassy of Italy, IIC Washington

In collaboration with : Smithsonian American Art Museum

Entrance : Free